Journey to the Pacific Ocean

The young salmon’s journey to the ocean is full of obstacles. Only about 3 in 1,000 survive the journey. Ducks, herons, kingfishers, other birds and wildlife eat young salmon. Other fish like northern pikeminnow like to live in the waters surrounding the hydroelectric dams and feed on the small salmon as well. The smart, young salmon travel at night to avoid these natural predators.

The fish must also navigate their way past hydroelectric projects on the Columbia River which can be difficult for them.